After spending two seasons on Sean McVay’s staff with the Los Angeles Rams, Zac Taylor was named head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and led them to a total of six wins over his first two years. The team made a complete turnaround in Taylor’s third year, posting 10 victories while winning the AFC North for the first time since 2015. The 38-year-old will attempt to guide the Bengals (13-7) to their first championship when they collide with the McVay and the Rams (15-5) on Sunday, Feb. 13 in the 2022 Super Bowl. Cincinnati earned a Super Bowl 56 appearance by winning 27-24 in overtime at Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game, while Los Angeles topped San Francisco, 20-17.
Kickoff from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Los Angeles is a 4.5-point favorite in the latest Rams vs. Bengals odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 48.5. Before locking in any Bengals vs. Rams picks, make sure you see the latest Super Bowl predictions from SportsLine’s proven projection model.
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- Rams vs. Bengals spread: Los Angeles -4.5
- Rams vs. Bengals over-under: 48.5 points
- Rams vs. Bengals money line: Los Angeles -200, Cincinnati +170
- LAR: Rams are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven playoff games as favorites
- CIN: Bengals have covered in seven straight games
Why the Rams can cover
Cincinnati’s offensive line struggled during the regular season, as Burrow was sacked an NFL-high 51 times. In the 2022 NFL playoffs, the Bengals allowed Tennessee to take down the 25-year-old a whopping nine times. That’s music to the ears of the Rams, who are one of the most feared pass-rushing teams in the NFL.
Los Angeles registered 50 sacks during the regular season to rank third in the league, with defensive tackle Aaron Donald leading the way with 12.5. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Donald has notched 1.5 of the Rams’ five sacks this postseason. He has plenty of support in linebackers Leonard Floyd and Von Miller, who is the league’s active leader and ranks 22nd on the all-time list with 115.5. Floyd recorded 9.5 sacks this campaign, one shy of the career-high he set in 2020, while Miller registered five in eight regular-season games after being acquired from Denver in November and has added two in the NFL playoff bracket.
Why the Bengals can cover
Cincinnati demonstrated its ability to recover in the AFC title game, as it matched the largest comeback in conference championship history (2006 Indianapolis Colts) when it erased a 21-3 deficit. The Bengals tightened up defensively in that contest, giving up only 2.4 yards per play in the second half and overtime after surrendering 8.9 in the first 30 minutes. They gave up 18 first downs and failed to record a sack or interception in the opening half before allowing Kansas City to move the chains only six times while sacking Patrick Mahomes on four occasions and picking him off twice after halftime.
Joe Burrow has won six consecutive starts since falling in overtime against San Francisco in Week 14 of the regular season. The Bengals also are 6-0 this season with the 25-year-old under center when they are at least three-point underdogs. In addition to leading Cincinnati to 13 victories thus far this campaign, Burrow has kept the team close, as only two of its seven losses were decided by more than three points.
How to make Rams vs. Bengals picks
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